How Does Botox® Work?
Botox® is a type of botulinum toxin. These toxins interfere with the communication between muscles and nerves. Nerves use a molecule called acetylcholine to send signals to muscles, telling them to contract. Each time a muscle contracts, it tugs on the overlying skin. Botox® stops the nerves from transmitting signals to the muscles, so the muscles stop contracting. This allows the skin to relax and lines and wrinkles to become smooth.
What is Getting Botox® Like?
Your Levy Dermatology injection specialist will inject Botox® into the facial muscles just under the skin. This feels like a minor pinch. Make sure a trained injection specialist like one from Levy Dermatology performs these injections. Proper placement of the injections will give you the best results.
How Many Units of Botox® Do I Need?
Most people will need three to five sites injected in each area to treat all the muscles involved in causing the wrinkles. For crow’s feet, each eye may require up to ten units, while the forehead may require fifteen to thirty units. Glabellar lines, the deep creases between the brows, may require forty units or more.
Where is Botox® Used?
The most common uses for Botox® include the forehead, crow’s feet, and lines between the brows. However, it works in many other locations, including around the mouth, where it can correct a “gummy” smile where the lips reveal the gums, making some people self-conscious. It also helps to treat vertical lines around the mouth as well as improve the undereye area.